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FIVE Steps To Help Turn Bad News Into An Opportunity When Faced With A Layoff


A very useful & wonderfully written article about how to be productive after losing your job during the current oil price scenario (and any time for that matter!) - Brant Silva, President Platte River Inspection & Rikki Smith, Owner Oilfield Jobs

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In the face of adversity many people are too discouraged to see the opportunities that can present themselves. Many people find themselves after receiving a pink slip, begin to search for the exact same position they just left. Let’s face it, we value comfort and seek the familiar. It is in our nature to do so. That is why so many people feel stuck in a rut, whether it be a relationship or in their career. Venturing out into unfamiliar waters is risky. However, I challenge you to consider that doing the same thing is equal to staying put. Stagnation can easily set in and conformity leads to mediocrity. Mediocrity never breeds greatness and never leads to success.

I want you to ask yourself, “How do I handle adversity and new challenges?” Wait, don’t rush into an answer. Consider what your response would be to change, demanding situations, and overall hardships. Would you hang your head low and reason with yourself that, ‘it figures, this is just my luck’ or do you start scanning the horizon for new tools and avenues that will help you to keep moving forward, even when you’re feeling a great weight pulling down on you, keeping you from gaining ground? Chances are, you are like most, and find yourself wanting to push forward, but are unable to force yourself forward from the weight of uncertainty that is holding you back.

You may be surprised that a setback can be turned into a catapult into a better future - if you are willing to take chances, move into unfamiliar areas, and try things you have not had the courage to do before. Let’s examine some things that can help turn a layoff into a chance to land a dream job.

● Step One: Take and inventory of all your past and present talents and make note of any future ones you hope to acquire.
● Step Two: Review your resume to see if you need to add any additional training, certifications, or skills since you last updated it. Remember to include a cover letter when applying for new positions. It is a chance to separate you from the other applicants.
● Step Three: Review expiration dates for any certifications, and renew any ones getting ready to expire.
● Step Four: Determine if there are continuing education courses or OQ’s that can be taken during your down time to further advance your career and enhance your resume.
● Step Five: Consider applying for a position a step or two up the ladder, assuming you now have more experience in your profession. That will allow you to take on added responsibility and advance your career.

Begin using your down time to accomplish things you have not yet taken on due to the time constraints of your previous work schedule. Take classes to brush up on any skill sets that may need improvement. Use your spare time to network with individuals in your field of expertise and pay attention to advice they give on how to take the next step up the ladder.

Consider switching over to a field that can readily utilize your skill sets, due to similar crossover work related tasks. For example, going from oilfield into mining or wet utilities can be an easy transition and some of the training you already have can apply to each field.

Make sure when you list your talents on your resume, that you consider your strengths and skills that are involved in your desired position, and list them in an opening statement or cover letter on your resume. Take some time to highlight why a company would hire you over the twenty-plus other resumes that might be sitting in front of the HR person for the same position you are applying for. Don’t overwhelm the reader with information, but give them something to consider that allows you to stand out from the rest. Remember, you are the one who has to sell yourself for this position - before, during and even after the interview.

Most companies admire and seek out self-motivated individuals, who show that they are willing to invest in their career - even in the absence of an employer. Obtaining safety training focused around your desired job title is a great way to show a company that you are capable of holding yourself to the high standards required in the industry.,, and many other great sites can help to obtain certifications that can be acquired online from home, at your own pace for a very reasonable fee. Be sure any classes you take apply to your industry. Local colleges also might offer some training for skills you might need for advancement, such as computer software training in Microsoft Office, etc.

Utilize every avenue - to not only seek out employment - but also to create a professional presence. Companies use sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. all to make their corporate brand known. There is no reason a person cannot use the same tools to create a web presence in view of potential employers. Make sure your sites are professional (create separate accounts if your personal one is not professional in nature), up to date, contain pertinent information on how to reach you, what your skills and talents are, and what you are seeking to accomplish in a career.

”Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” ~ by Orison Swett Marden

By Rikki Smith - Oilfield Jobs &
Brant Silva - Platte River Inspection

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